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How English Became English: Caxton to Johnson

Welcome to “Culture Beat,” a new series inspired by current events and exhibitions around New York City. Check out these shows while you’re in town, and then continue the conversation with us in our gallery! Every series needs an epic origin story at its beginning, and fortunately, the Morgan Library was kind enough to oblige us this month. Their new summer exhibition, “William Caxton and the Birth of English Printing,” is well worth a visit before it closes on September 20. If you ever want to ...
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(GRANT, Ulysses S.). Seven Mile Funeral Cortege of General Grant. Boston, 1886.

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(PICART, Bernard) [Bernard, Jean Frédéric]. Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the Several Nations. London, 1731-39. Seven volumes bound in six.

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JAMES, Henry. Novels and Tales of Henry James. New York, 1907-17. Twenty-six volumes. Important “New York Edition” (trade issue) of Henry James’ works, with 26 beautiful frontispiece photogravures by Alvin Langdon Coburn and special prefaces prepared by James specifically for this edition, handsomely bound in contemporary morocco-gilt. $16,000.


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